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County seeks lower cost for building upfit

Estimates for upfitting a building to house the Davie Sheriff’s Office and Davie Human Services Department into the Davie County Government Center came in a bit too high for county commissioners.

The board approved sending the project out for re-bidding with a different format.

The site at 182 Farmington Road, at I-40, formerly housed Boyles Furniture. The county is leasing the property for 20 years, with two five-year extensions available.

A resolution adopted by commissioners said that bids from various sub-contractors were in excess of available funds. The upfit estimate by the county was about $9 million. A request for new bids went out on Jan. 2, “so as not to delay the implementation of the project.” The county hopes to award the contract to the lowest bidder on Jan. 28, Eller said.

Fuller Architecure of Mocksville is the architect for the project, and potential bidders can obtain more detailed information there.

The county is seeking a single combined bid for all work, including general, civil, plumbing, mechanical and electrical. Technology needs will be handled via another bid.

The project consists of approximately 68,000 square-feet of renovation of the furniture showroom and warehouse to offices. It includes a 4,254 square-foot fleet maintenance pre-engineered metal building and carport.

Commissioners also approved selling 30 acres it owns between US 158 and Howardtown Circle for $235,110, the appraised value. The site had first been purchased for a new high school, a plan which was voted down by county residents. An upset – or higher – bid could be made within 10 days after the sale is advertised in the next couple of weeks.